Unformatted text preview: ostage to get settlers back. After that, they
maintained an uneasy peace and nothing more.
- Additionally, frequent cultural misunderstandings
contributed to the failure of the friendship. For instance… In the Indian culture, leaders were not autocratic.
B/c the English were accustomed to dealing
w/absolutist figures, they consistently
overestimated the power of the Indian leaders. Another problem was conceptions of property
ownership. For the Indians, land was communal
and couldn’t be bought/sold. Also, the English
thought land ownership implied it was farmed. Most significantly, the English had a big time
superiority complex, and did not give a crap about
Indian traditions and culture.
- So, due to the factors listed above, it was exceedingly
difficult for the two groups to maintain the harmonious
relationship they had developed at the beginning. Before
long, the settlers began to follow a pattern that would
occur time and again: they took advantage of their allies,
then turned against them (using their internal politics to
divide and conquer) and then stole their land.
- Anyhow, with the support of the Indians the Jamestown
colonists managed to survive for the first few years. Their
first taste of independent government came a while down
the road, though, with the introduction of the House of
Burgesses by the Virginia Company established the
House of Burgesses in 1619. Although the governor
could veto their laws, they controlled his salary.
4 *The Expansion of the Chesapeake Colonies*
- But what actually saved the colonists in the long term?
One word: tobacco. In 1611, the first crop was planted
and the Virginians finally found the commodity crop they
had been searching for. There was a huge boom in
tobacco exports throughout the 1620s (it became like
- Consequently, the colony grew into a full sized
settlement that included men, women, and children. Also,
since tobacco exhausted the soil quickly the colony
expanded space-wise as well.
- The expansion caused Powhatan’s successor, who felt
the colonists were encroaching on his lands, to launch
coordinated attacks along the James River on March 22,
1622 in whi...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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